Children's Hospital Colorado Nurse Residency Program August 2013 - page 11
I didn't find another topic relating to the new grad RN program for Children's Hospital Colorado, so I decided to start a thread. Anyone else apply for the August cohort? I live in San Diego right now, but have visited... Read More
- 0Aug 7 by Satori77Quote from Sassy29RNI'm curious, you say to volunteer with kids. What type of volunteer experience are you talking about? Can it be anything with kids, like tutoring or Boys and Girls Club. Or do you mean volunteering at a hospital on the Peds floor?Hi Decgrad2013,
Congrats on almost being finished with nursing school! What 3veggiesRN said above is true: Experience with kids is a MUST. I did not have a specialty preceptorship or capstone in Peds, BUT, I did have quite a bit of volunteer experience and work with kids to make up for it. I got hired for the ED and had ED experience already (including getting to do my Peds rotation in nursing school at a Level I Pediatric Trauma Center), so I think that helped as well. For people who only had a Peds rotation, and don't have any other volunteer work specific to kids (or other experience with children) you prob wont get an interview. Sorry to say.
Tips would be:
1) Be flexible and make it known that you are flexible. ED was my 1st choice and I was blessed enough to get it, but for me, it was more about being at Children's CO and wanting to learn in THIS Residency program (which I still believe is the best around!) So in my resume and cover, I made that known and even wrote, "Preference for ED but flexible regarding unit placement."
2) Don't turn in a "same-old, same-old" cover letter. I dont know what anyone else in my cohort did, but I wrote from my heart. I told the story about what inspired my to become a Peds nurse, and told them exactly why I wanted to be at CHCO.
3) I took a boatload of extra Peds classes that were specific to Peds/ED nursings (ie PALs, NRP, etc). I also took a lot of Peds specific on-line classes that were available to me through my EMS agency. So check on-line and get as much Peds specific education that you can.
4) If you dont already do volunteer work with Peds, it's an absolute MUST, so start.
If you can, I would also set up an All Nurses thread for the Spring 2014 cohort. This site was so helpful to me when I was applying-- and it took a lot of stress out of it for me just getting the updates. I am sure there others out there who have questions as well, and it helps when you can keep each other posted with updates. Good luck and congrats again!
Anyone with volunteer experience can chime in here.